INSPIRE Knowledge Base

FinSDI - Harmonisation

Finnish expert group on GI harmonisation
FinSDI - Harmonisation
Mission and Objectives: 
The group is part of the activity carried out under the Finnish Council for Geographic information (FCGI) to implement the national GI strategy developed by the FCGI for the time period 2005-2010. The main focus of the group is on the development of data harmonisation rules based on existing standards using UML-notation. Special emphasis is used to specify change information transfer (unique id's). Also quality management aspects (e.g. spatial accuracy, thematic completeness, attribute information correctness...) are considered.
Formal Mandate: 
National Government
The Finnish Council for Geographic Information (FCGI) has been nominated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which is also the national contact organisation for the INSPIRE process. This (harmonisation) group has been established by the FCGI to coordinate activities related to the data harmonisation as part of the Finnish SDI strategy.
Developing the rules and national standards for different GI data suppliers in Finland to model their data in formal manner for interoperable data services; Developing rules to create semantically interoperable data which fulfills user needs of spatial accuracy and thematic completeness; Supervising the recommendations to introduce rules to use unique identifiers for change information delivery between different GIS's; Monitoring the national developments in the context of the Finnish SDI; Training and education on the relevant standards and technologies.
All the important public organisations involved in GI-related activities in Finland are represented in the group. Also some private companies active in the GI-sector are represented.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Societal Sector
    Central government, local government, municipalities, private sector, research
    Specific Expertise
    Specific Expertise: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    In Finland first concrete process to develop interoperable GI infrastructure was initiated alresdy in late 1980's. The work of this SDIC can be seen as based on that experience. The chairman and the secretary of this SDIC where involved in INSPIRE RDM working group.
    Environmental application domains
    Finnish Environment Institute is host organisation having several activities in environmental management.
    Primary Business
    There are representatives of diverse areas where GI data is used.
    INSPIRE Data Themes